Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Morning Chicken and Brussel Sprouts

This recipe seriously could not be easier!

Ingredients:
  • 1 heaping T Dijon or whole-grain Mustard
  • 1T smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic cloves, smashed
  • leaves from 4 thyme sprigs
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 3.5-4 lb chicken, cut into 8 parts... or just buy the chicken pre-cut
  • salt and pepper
Directions:

In a gallon-size, resealable, plastic bag add the mustard, paprika, garlic, thyme, lemon zest, lemon juice, and oil. Mix together and add chicken. seal the bag, pressing out any excess air, and turn it over a few times to coat all the pieces.

Marinate in the fridge for 8/12 hours (or room temp for 1 hour... this is what I did), turning the bag over once or twice, if possible.

Preheat oven to 450

Remove chicken from bag and place on sheet pan.  Season with salt and pepper.

Roast until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Flip pieces over and roast until cooked through, about 10 more minutes.

SOOO yummy!
 
Now for the yummy Brussels Sprouts with bacon (two of my favorite things!)
 
Ingredients:
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1/2 pack of thick-sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 springs thyme
  • 1.5 C chicken broth
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar... I didn't have so I used red-wine vinegar
  • 1 T butter
  • salt and pepper
Directions:
 
In large skillet with a lid, head olive oil over medium heat. Add bacon and shallots and cook until bacon is cooked through. Raise heat to high and add Brussels sprouts, garlic and thyme. cook, stirring occasionally, until Brussels are light brown (about 3-4 minutes)

Add broth and bring to a broil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 8 minutes. Add vinegar and simmer, uncovered, until liquid is evaporated (about 2 minutes)

Remove thyme sprigs, stir in butter, season with salt and pepper.

YUMMY

Monday, August 31, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: The Supper Club

This week I've decided to cook from The Supper Club: Kid Friendly meals the whole family will love.

Monday: 
  • Mediterranean Chopped Salad p. 24
  • Roasted Chicken p.60
  • Mini Banana Bread Muffins p.167
  • Mini Blueberry Muffins p.174
** Tonight I will make the marinade for the dinner tomorrow night and will refrigerate overnight.

Thursday:
  • Chicken Tikka ala Mary p.67
Wednesday:
  • Date night with Hubby!
Thursday:
  • Asian Skirt Steak p.77
  • Sesame Sugar Snap Peas p.148
Friday:
  • Pork Tenderloin with Applesauce p.761
  • Pan-seared broccoli p.133
  • Scalloped Potatoes p.134
Saturday:

LUNCH:
  • Margherita Pizza p.111 
  • Asparagus and Gruyere Pizza p.112
  • Strawberry watermelon basil frozen pops p.181
 DINNER:
  • Eating out in Savannah
A goal of 13 recipes this week! Let's see how I do! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cooking: Keepers

This week I cooked from KEEPERS: Two Home Cooks Share their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen



Here's how I ended up doing:

Sunday: Morning Chicken (p.44) and Braised Brussels spouts and Bacon (p.155)

 
Monday: Cucumber and Watermelon Salad (p.170) and Roasted Orange Chipotle Shrimp (p.20)


Tuesday: Raw Corn Salad (p.175) and London Broil with Chimichurri Sauce (p. 75)


Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie (p.63) -- I left on a work trip on Wednesday morning and so I made this dish ahead of time and left the directions for Matt to heat it up.



Thursday: Left Overs

Friday: Sausage & White Bean Gratin p.97  


Saturday:  Pizza -- I got back from my trip and just didn't feel like cooking.

The only thing that I didn't make was the Paper Thin Beef with Snowpeas (p.80) Thinking that I'm going to make that tonight as I have all of the ingredients.

I will also be back tonight to share some extra photos from the Morning Chicken and Sprouts.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hunter got a Haircut

Yesterday I decided that it was time for Hunter to get his second bug haircut. We got his first when he turned two and since that time we have just done a few trims at home... Well except for that time that my mom took him to Hair Cuttery and he looked like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber... but we prefer not to talk about that...
 
Anyway.... after work yesterday we went back to Floyd's 99 for his cut. Just look at all of this hair!!!!

Mid cut... Home boy has the eye roll down for when I ask to take a photo!

Finished product

Here are some extra photos that I took when we got home
 
The only way that I could get him to sit still for these photos was by saying that I was taking them for Grandma Pammy so that she could see his new finger monsters!

He looks like such a big boy!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: KEEPERS

This week I'm going to cook from KEEPERS: Two Home Cooks Share their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen


I just got this cookbook last week when my boss bought it for his wife but she already had it! Now we both have this awesome cookbook and I couldn't wait to try out a few of the recipes.

I'm out of town for the second half of this week so the meals for Wednesday and Friday are ones that I can make a head of time and have Matt Cook up. 

Sunday:
  • Morning Chicken p.44
  • Braised Brussels spouts and Bacon p.155
Monday:
  • Cucumber and Watermelon Salad p.170
  • Roasted Orange Chipotle Shrimp p.20
Tuesday:
  • Raw Corn Salad p.175
  • London Broil with Chimichurri Sauce p. 75
Wednesday:
  • Chicken Pot Pie p.63
Thursday:
  • Left Overs
Friday:
  • Sausage & White Bean Gratin p.97
Saturday:
  • Rice
  • Paper Thin Beef with Snowpeas p.80

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Picnic at Green Springs Park

When I woke the girls up at 11 a.m. (they went to bed at 5 apparently) I decided that we should all head over to a local park for a picnic. We picked up some yummy food and smoothies at Tropical Smoothie and headed to the park.

This was the view from our picnic spot.

Here are a few photos from the day 

Gibson was not interested in eating at all. He just wanted to walk around and explore

After eating the girls went off the explore on their own and I took the boys on a little walk around the pond. 

You can tell in the below photo that Gibson was a bit warn out after our fun at the park! The boys took a three hour nap this afternoon!!! AMAZING!